$4,990.00 per person (members)
$5,080.00 per person (non members)
- Return international economy class airfares, taxes and current fuel surcharges (subject to change)
- Most meals (15 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 4 dinners)
- Touring with guides and entrance fees
- All transportation and transfers
- 3 night Yangtze River Cruise
- Visa fees for Australian passport holders
- Comprehensive tour dossiers and travel guides
The Enchanting China itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Australia To Beijing - Fly to Beijing, China's capital.
Imperial Beijing - Heading to Beijing’s symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City where you’ll find a complex full of imperial treasures. Visit Yandaixiejie, where you’ll have some free time to wander the hutongs. These narrow alleys offer an authentic glimpse of the old Beijing, before the emergence of high-rise buildings and modern commerce. Sit down for lunch with one of the families who call the hutongs home. This evening enjoy some free time in the vibrant Houhai district.
Huanghuacheng Great Wall And Wangfujing - This particularly scenic section of the wall is reached by boat, and boasts spectacular views from the top. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring colourful Wangfujing market, or enjoy an optional Peking duck dinner (at your own expense).
Summer Palace - Explore the beautifully designed grounds of the Summer Palace including the Long Corridor and the Marble Boat. Spend time strolling around pretty Kunming Lake and walk up wooded Longevity Hill. Enjoy a photo stop at the Olympic Park.
Temple of Heaven - Visit the Temple of Heaven and mingle with the locals as they start their day with Tai Chi, dancing and cards in a flurry of sociable activity. Take the bullet train to Xian.
Terracotta Warriors - Housed in three immense hangars, the ranks of the Terracotta Army stand sentinel in their subterranean necropolis, constructed to protect China’s first Emperor. Gaze over the ranks of warriors and horses, while you are introduced to these lifelike soldiers’ fascinating story. Take a walking tour of the Muslim Quarter and maybe sample some of the freshly cooked snacks. With the evening free, why not enjoy a cold beer in Defu Lane or take an optional tour of Xian by night (at your own expense).
Xian at leisure - Today is a day at leisure to explore the ancient town of Xian. There is the option to take a gentle cycle ride (at your own expense) that will take you the 14km around Xian’s beautifully preserved city wall, past many smiling locals.
Chengdu like a local - Fly to Chengdu and walk around People’s Park, a hive of activity. See beautiful golden koi, locals dancing and practicing Tai Chi, visit a local teahouse and most interesting of all, Matchmaker’s Corner
Chengdu At Leisure - Today is a day at leisure in Chengdu, with the option of visiting the old town of Pingle (at your own expense). Dating back to the Han Dynasty, Pingle was a stopping point on the Tea Horse Road. Take time to walk through its maze of teahouse-lined streets, before seeing the forest from above on Jinji Suspended Rope Bridge
Giant Pandas - Spend the morning visiting with the Giant Pandas of Chengdu Research Base. Here you can observe these gorgeous creatures lounging, playing and chomping through piles of bamboo in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Drive to Chongqing and board your Yangtze cruise vessel.
Yangtze Cruise - As you cruise downstream the Yangtze nature takes over, revealing some of the world’s most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges. A two-day voyage along China’s riverine treasure is a chance to relax and enjoy a slower pace, whilst absorbing one breathtaking panorama after another
Fly to Shanghai - Visit the mammoth Three Gorges Dam and disembark your cruise vessel. Transfer to Wuhan and fly to Shanghai
Shanghainese Shanghai - Wake up to the buzz of Shanghai, and take a breakfast walking tour between coruscating skyscrapers and traditional streets. Walk through the city’s most fascinating districts, marvelling at monuments and rickety buildings before enjoying breakfast as the locals do – sample pancakes, fried bread sticks and tofu. Visit the Yu Garden, the Old Town and the Silk Museum. Later take an evening stroll along the Bund and cruise down the Huangpu River, as you are serenaded by the neon lights of Pudong
Shanghai At Leisure - Enjoy a day at leisure in Shanghai for independent exploration. Alternatively, take an optional tour to Zhujiajiao (at your own expense), one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns, built on an old canal system once used to transport goods all over imperial China. The town exudes old-world charm, whilst the waterways are lined with ancient buildings and crossed by stone bridges. Tonight there will be a farewell dinner of authentic Shanghainese cuisine
Shanghai To Australia - This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day.